This is a story that has only received moderate attention in the media, but the North Carolina GOP recently released a television ad criticizing Barack Obama on his relationship with his pastor – who, unfortunately, can only be described as an anti-American nutcase. Anyway, the ad drew criticism from none other than John McCain, who, also unfortunately, seems to more hesitant to question Obama than he was to spread blatant lies about other Republicans in the primary. Via Politico:
As he said today on TODAY: “They’re not listening to me because they’re out of touch with reality and the Republican Party. We are the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and this kind of campaigning is unacceptable.”
I can understand McCain desire to have serious debate on issues and avoid the mud slinging – but character is an issue, particularly when it comes to picking the next President of the United States. When you have a man who want to be the most powerful person in the world, and the leader of this country, and that man has been knowingly listening to blatantly anti-American sermons for 20 years, he should be questioned about it, and if he refuses to distance himself from the person giving those sermons, he should be criticized for it. McCain’s unwillingness to raise these question could seriously harm his chances.